Infectious Disease Response

Updated May, 2021:

In addition to updates on MMG’s operation status, you will find the guidelines, procedures, and codes of conduct that MMG has adopted to help mitigate the risk associated with infectious disease transmission. These guidelines have been developed through extensive research and collaboration with other stake holders in the healthcare and mountain guiding fields.

Please be advised that these guidelines will need to be updated and advised as we navigate through the challenges presented by COVID-19.

When you schedule a guided day or climbing trip with Mooney Mountain Guides, you will be choosing a guide service that puts well being ahead of ambition. With your help I know we can continue to provide mountain experiences that are beyond expectation as we challenge ourselves on the crags, cliffs, and alpine terrain of New Hampshire and beyond.

Code of Responsibility

Education: MMG Guides will abide by all Federal, State, National Forest and Health Authorities guidance, rules and recommendations. MMG will stay up to date on Federal, State and Health Authority recommendations and amend the policies and procedures as appropriate. We ask you to do the same. MMG will train the Guides in understanding symptoms, routes of transmission and appropriate hygiene and sanitation issues regarding infectious diseases such as COVID-19. We ask that you familiarize yourself with all information regarding COVID-19 from the CDC.

Travel: MMG Guides will travel to the venue alone and follow state rules regarding travel.

Personal Hygiene: MMG Guides will bring and utilize hand washing/hand sanitizer to use regularly throughout the day/trip and especially around handling food. We ask you to bring hand sanitizer with you and use it regularly throughout the day/trip.

Social Distancing, Face Covering, Masks Use: MMG Guides will practice and promote infection control measures according to state and CDC guidelines.

Nutrition & Hydration: MMG Guides will bring their own food and water and will not share with guests, except in the case of emergency. We ask that you bring all your own food and water for the day and not share with others.

First Aid: We will provide first aid to the level of training that we are certified (Wilderness First Responder or higher) and in adherence to the evolving recommendations from health authorities regarding patient interactions in our current COVID-19 environment.

Post Trip Communication: If your guide becomes ill during the 14 days after your trip MMG will notify you of a potential exposure. MMG will also notify health authorities as needed for contact tracing. We ask you to notify MMG if you become ill within 14 days of your trip so that we may notify other guests of a possible exposure. We will not give your name to other guests.

Common Questions & Answers

How can I help Mooney Mountain Guides?
  1. Hire us
  2. Purchase a Gift Certificate
  3. Follow us on social media
  4. Leave a review on Trip Advisor
  5.  Sign up for our newsletter
How can I support NH small businesses?
  1. Come climbing
  2. Follow our code of conduct
  3. Reschedule instead of taking refunds
  4. If you enjoyed your time or service, leave positive reviews, tag, tell your friends.
Do I have to wear a face covering when I climb/ski with MMG?

Yes, you will have to wear a face covering at times where physical distancing cannot be maintained between other people not of the same household.

Does MMG supply masks & face coverings?

We strongly advise you bring your own mask/face coverings. In the event your mask becomes damaged or lost, MMG guides will have backup masks available.

If my day is canceled due to COVID-19 do I get a refund?

Yes. We do ask that if at all possible that you reschedule your day or receive a gift certificate that does not expire instead of receiving a refund. If you show up to your guided day or trip with flu like symptoms and your guide cancels the day in accordance with state regulations a 25% minimum fee will be forfeited to help cover the guides expenses of travel/food/child care/etc.

In the past MMG has climbed with my group of up to 10 participants. Can my group still come climbing together?

Yes, your group can come. We have many strategies to reduce this risk of transmission. These include but are not limited to: vaccination; separate into smaller, nearby groups; use of face coverings. According to the CDC and state, and local health authorities taking these steps can greatly reduce the risk associated with COVID-19.

Resources & Links

New Hampshire Universal Guidelines:

https://www.covidguidance.nh.gov/sites/g/files/ehbemt381/files/files/inline-documents/guidance-universal.pdf

CDC Recommendations for Cleaning:

https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/community/reopen-guidance.html

CDC Guidance for Use of Face Coverings:

https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/prevent-getting-sick/diy-cloth-face-coverings.html

American Alpine Club:

https://americanalpineclub.org/news/2020/5/1/climbing-in-the-covid-era

Access Fund Webinar:

American Mountain Guides Association: